OpenEDU is an add-on for Drupal

An open-source website content management system (CMS). It’s a solution designed to support the need for flexible, yet cohesive branding across a complex university structure of colleges, schools, and programs.

 

With this modular Drupal framework, individual departments in a university can maintain their own goals, messages, student targets, budgets, and decision-making structures, without needing to fund or maintain multiple websites.

OpenEDU was formed on the basis that ‘one size doesn’t fit all.’ It makes no prior assumptions that you’ll need things like a course catalogue, or that calendars aren’t important to you, nor any other decisions that could either limit you, or give you what you don’t need. 

Instead, it gives you the base of what we’ve learned all education websites need. Then it lets you ‘cherry pick’ from a host of options.

We know that each university is going to have specific technological, branding, and usage needs. A great framework realizes that, while also not requiring extensive ‘work’ to get a website up and going. OpenEDU is a ready-to-go Drupal distribution solution highly tuned for educational institutions - yet it's still fully customizable. It’s the best of both worlds.

Let us show you how it works, and why we think you’ll find it to be the education CMS solution you were looking for!

 

 

Why use OpenEDU for your education Drupal site?

 

Save time - it’s easy!

OpenEDU saves the time needed to create an education website with Drupal. That’s because its many parts are available for you to use, or not use, or to customize on an as-needed basis. The software out of the box does about 50% of the coding work you’d normally need to build for a typical Drupal education site. Content types, entities, and their relationships are already set up. The rest can be as simple as drag-and-drop in some cases. 

 

Go with the proven, tested system

OpenEDU is something we at ImageX Media have implemented and use ourselves. If it’s not good enough for our own clients, we won’t ask you to use it. We’ve successfully launched university websites using OpenEDU modules that have worked in specific contexts, such as integrating course catalogs, removing user restrictions, and allowing for cross-domain usage from one consolidated database. And now this Drupal distribution is being released to the community at large, for any institution to use, build upon and experiment with.

Save money - the ROI speaks for itself

We’ve estimated that OpenEDU can reduce the costs associated with website maintenance, content creation, and publishing by 25%. It does this by collapsing your website infrastructure into one centralized place so it reduces the need for code and database management of multiple sites or content management systems. And then there’s the elimination of licensing fees, which are wiped away with open-source solutions.

 

Market yourself cohesively

Cohesive brand management is easier when less time is spent on administration and more time is spent actually doing marketing. Using OpenEDU Syndicate, you can “create once, publish everywhere.” This speeds up the content distribution process, automating governance approvals with one click.
 
Design approval processes can also be maintained by giving departments choices of Drupal themes to pick from, or by creating specific areas for creative freedom, leaving the rest controlled by your campus-wide marketing team. You’ll also get optional access to campus-wide analytics tracking, SEO features, SEM support, and social media management tools to further extend your online marketing efforts.

What can you do with OpenEDU
as your education CMS?

 

 

     Duplicate or create new sites

It's easy to create Drupal sites within the OpenEDU framework. This works with cross domains or ‘subsites’ within a single domain (mini-sites, network sites).

 

Pick a theme, any theme

Drupal themes can be customized on individual sites within the OpenEDU framework. It not only runs on Drupal multisite, it can also handle multi-theming and it's customizable.

 

Control user privileges and your brand

Represent your brand accurately with an infinite number of user levels. You can decide whether a logged in user can contribute for approval, edit or have final say to distribute any content.

 

Customize to the umpteenth degree

Besides having a different theme, each department can have different workflows, permissions sets, syndication processes, API endpoints, social media management systems, taxonomy labels, content types, and more.

 

your content across multiple domains

You can send out mass messages to any site using the OpenEDU API. This works with blogs, news, calendar events, and more capabilities that are all available with add-on modules.

 

Support and maintain indefinitely

We give you the technical support and maintenance to complement your current IT team. Hosting with a provider like Acquia provides a premium service tailored for Drupal sites, with on-call support persons on board to help you when you need it.

 

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